The nationals of many countries, including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and most Western countries do not need a visa in advance. For more information, visit the Passport and Immigration Office website.

If you require a visa to enter Mauritius, you might be able to apply for one at a British embassy, high commission or consulate in the country where you legally reside if there is no diplomatic post of Mauritius. For example, the British embassies in Al Khobar (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Amman (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Belgrade (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Guatemala City (http://ukinguatemala.fco....), Jakarta (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Jeddah (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Pristina (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Rabat (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Riyadh (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...), Rome (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...) and Sofia (http://www.ukba.homeoffic...) accept Mauritius visa applications this list is not exhaustive. British diplomatic posts charge £50 to process a Mauritius visa application and an extra £70 if the authorities in Mauritius require the visa application to be referred to them. The authorities in Mauritius can also decide to charge an additional fee if they correspond with you directly.

By Sea

Vessels that arrive at the port are mainly cargo ships. The Mauritius Pride and the Trochetia are the Mauritian vessels that usually sail to and from Reunion Island, Rodrigues Island and Madagascar. Costa Cruises ships have recently started an Indian Ocean cruise including a visit to Mauritius.

As of April 2008, one way passage prices to travel from Tamatave in Madagascar to Mauritius by boat were €275 first class or €255 second class, compared to €212 to fly from Antananarivo on Air Madagascar. The journey takes at least four days, possibly more if transiting through Reunion. A boat leaves every other Wednesday.

The prices quoted are for a passage in a first or second class cabin. In attempting to go directly to the port in Tamatave to negotiate with a boat captain for a non-cabin berth, tourists are turned away at the gate. Visiting the Nautical Club in Tamatave to enquire about yachts that might be heading to Mauritius also yields no results.

By plane
By plane

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, ☎ +230 603 6000, fax: +230 637 5306, . at Plaisance in the southeast of the island is the major gateway for travellers coming from abroad.  edit

Air Mauritius
( is the home carrier and operates a network of routes to the local islands and to international destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Regional airlines: Air Austral (, Air Madgascar ( and Air Seychelles ( connect Mauritius with the surrounding islands.

International airlines such as Air France (, Emirates (, Austrian Airlines (, British Airways (, Condor (, South African Airways (, Air India (, Meridiana (, Kenya Airways (, Egypt Air (, Malaysia Airlines (http://www.malaysiaairlin...) and Corsairfly ( all serve Mauritius from their home bases.

The arrivals hall can get rather congested in the morning when most of the flights from Europe arrive. Immigration officers tend to be rather slow and the whole immigration process can be a frustrating experience.

Visitors are required to provide accommodation details to the immigration service on arrival. If you arrive in Mauritius from a country where malaria is endemic, you may receive a visit from the government health service and be required to give a blood sample for malaria screening.